This content has been clinically reviewed by Jeremy Adaza, Pharm.D.
It’s a familiar routine. Your toddler is cranky and feels a little warm. You grab a bottle of over-the-counter fever reducer and give him a dose.
Not so fast.
Your pediatrician wants you to think twice before giving your child a liquid fever reducer or any other medication.
That’s because it’s easy to give a child too much medicine, and the consequences can be serious—even fatal. In the U.S., more than 7,000 children visit emergency rooms every year for problems related to medication reactions and errors in giving medication at home.